Navigation Links
Opium and marijuana research go underground
Date:10/31/2007

The worlds leading expert on the opium poppy has joined forces with researchers working on another infamous drug-producing plant cannabis in hopes of finding new uses for the much-maligned sources of heroin and marijuana.

Peter Facchini, professor of Biological Sciences and Canada Research Chair in Plant Biotechnology, has received a $650,000 NSERC Strategic Project Grant to create new varieties of opium poppy and cannabis that can be used for medicinal and industrial purposes, but will have no value as illicit drugs. And his work is taking him where few Canadians have gone before: Deep underground into the countrys ultra high-security medicinal marijuana growth facility.

Its certainly unusual for a plant biochemist to work in a copper mine hundreds of metres underground, Facchini said. This is a really great project that involves two of the worlds most important medicinal plants and is clearly unique in the plant biology field.

Facchini and a new team of U of C postdoctoral researchers have teamed up with Saskatoon-based Prairie Plant Systems Inc., the National Research Council Plant Biotechnology Institute, the Alberta Research Council and the University of Saskatchewan to create and study mutant varieties of opium poppy and cannabis in an unused portion of a copper and zinc mine near Flin Flon, Manitoba. Prairie Plant Systems produces medicinal marijuana under contract with Health Canada in this state-of-the-art facility.

Despite awareness of the importance of crop diversification for the long-term success of agriculture in Canada, few plants are cultivated for the production of high-value bioproducts. Opium poppy accumulates the alkaloids morphine, codeine and thebaine, and cannabis produces psychoactive cannabinoids and is used as a source of high-quality fiber and oil. The domestic market for codeine, morphine and oxycodone, which is derived from thebaine, is in excess of $1.6 billion annually, all of which is currently imported. Canad
'/>"/>

Contact: Grady Semmens
gsemmens@ucalgary.ca
403-220-7722
University of Calgary
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Canada approves marijuana-based pain spray
2. Scientists discover the bodys marijuana-like compounds are crucial for stress-induced pain relief
3. Good news for the medical marijuana movement: pot proliferates brain cells and boosts mood
4. Machinery of the marijuana munchies
5. Marijuana-like compounds suppress the immune response
6. New DNA fingerprinting technique separates hemp from marijuana
7. Long-term marijuana smoking leads to respiratory complaints
8. Enhancing activity of marijuana-like chemicals in brain helps treat
9. New study examines brains own marijuana
10. Researchers discover way to make cells in the eye sensitive to light
11. Quantum Dots Research Leads to New Knowledge about Protein Binding in Plants
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:7/2/2015)... , June 25, 2015 ... addition of the "Next Generation Biometrics Market by ... 2020" report to their offering. The ... Billion by 2020, at a CAGR of 17.9% between ... the leading application for the market. Safran SA ...
(Date:6/30/2015)... To bolster its efforts and commitment to fighting cyber fraud, ... of two new team members. Dimitri ... Raviv will act as head of strategic alliances. These ... the most secure solutions for the enterprise market. ... a provider of security and management products, which was acquired ...
(Date:6/29/2015)... , June 24, 2015 ... addition of the "Latin America Biomedical Sensors Market ... their offering. The Latin America Biomedical Sensors ... a CAGR of 2.04% over the period 2014-2020 ... are adaptable to the genetic formulation of each individual. ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Next Generation Biometrics Market 2015 - Global Forecast to 2020 with Safran, NEC, 3M Cogent, Fujitsu & Suprema Dominating the $24 Billion Market 2Next Generation Biometrics Market 2015 - Global Forecast to 2020 with Safran, NEC, 3M Cogent, Fujitsu & Suprema Dominating the $24 Billion Market 3HYPR Corp. Expands Biometric Authentication Team with Enterprise All Stars 2HYPR Corp. Expands Biometric Authentication Team with Enterprise All Stars 3Latin America Biomedical Sensors Market Report 2015-2020 2
... O R I M M E D I A ... E CELL TRANSPLANTATION,The Regenerative Medicine Journal Stem cells derived ... animal models of lung disease Tampa, Fla. (Aug. 24, ... Transplantation (20:6), now freely available on-line at http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/cog/ct/ , highlight the ...
... 1.3 million). That is a new, estimated total number ... offered -- with 6.5 million species found on land and ... the ocean depths. Announced today by Census of Marine ... analytical technique that dramatically narrows the range of previous estimates. ...
... CHAMPAIGN, Ill. A new physics-based theory could give ... of liquids composed of large polymers. This advance provides ... fast-flow, high-stress processing conditions for plastics and other polymeric ... Margaret H. Professor of materials science and engineering at ...
Cached Biology News:Stem cells derived from human amniotic fluid hold promise 2Stem cells derived from human amniotic fluid hold promise 3How many species on Earth? 8.7 million 2How many species on Earth? 8.7 million 3How many species on Earth? 8.7 million 4How many species on Earth? 8.7 million 5New theory may shed light on dynamics of large-polymer liquids 2
(Date:7/30/2015)... France and Dallas, TX, USA (PRWEB) , ... ... ... of innovative nano and microsystems, has appointed Francois Vieillard as Sales & Marketing ... Marketing at executive positions, Francois Vieillard will be responsible for reinforcing Tronics’ business ...
(Date:7/30/2015)... CA (PRWEB) , ... July 30, 2015 , ... ... successful completion of a field clinical study of its canine osteoarthritis stem cell ... with Aratana Therapeutics (Kansas City, KS) and will be marketed in the US ...
(Date:7/30/2015)... across the globe, ISN improves the efficiency and effectiveness of contractor management systems. ISN,s ... reliable contractors in over 80 countries. ... ... Over 60,000 Worldwide Customers In More Than 80 Countries ... Headquartered in Dallas, TX , ISN has additional offices in Calgary ...
(Date:7/30/2015)... 2015  Discovery Laboratories, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSCO ... second $1.0M tranche under a previously awarded Phase ... at up to $3.0 million to support continued ... a potential medical countermeasure to mitigate acute and ... an initial $1.0 million under this grant in ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Tronics appoints Francois Vieillard as Sales and Marketing Director 2VetStem Biopharma Successfully Completes Large Milestone Efficacy Study for its Flagship Canine Osteoarthritis Stem Cell Product 2VetStem Biopharma Successfully Completes Large Milestone Efficacy Study for its Flagship Canine Osteoarthritis Stem Cell Product 3ISN Reaches Over 60,000 Worldwide Customers 2ISN Reaches Over 60,000 Worldwide Customers 3Discovery Labs Receives $1.0 million under an SBIR Grant in Continuing Support of the Development of Aerosolized KL4 Surfactant to Address Radiation-Induced Lung Injury 2Discovery Labs Receives $1.0 million under an SBIR Grant in Continuing Support of the Development of Aerosolized KL4 Surfactant to Address Radiation-Induced Lung Injury 3
... Realty Trust, Inc.,(NYSE: BMR ) today announced the ... property in Seattle, Washington. A wholly owned subsidiary of ... diabetes care, has,agreed to lease 36,900 square feet, anchoring ... market., Commenting on the project, Don Foster, Corporate ...
... Inc. (OTC,Bulletin Board: TBIO) announces the following Webcast:, What: ... Conference Call, When: ... http://www.transgenomic.com/events.asp?id=6 , How: Live ... address above., ...
... NicOx,S.A. (Euronext Paris: COX) today reported financial results for the ... third quarter of 2008:, - Positive top-line results from the ... three co-primary efficacy endpoints at week-13 (p naproxcinod ... non-inferiority to naproxen 500 mg bid at week-13 and ...
Cached Biology Technology:BioMed Realty Trust Announces 36,900 Square Foot Lease in Seattle With Novo Nordisk 2BioMed Realty Trust Announces 36,900 Square Foot Lease in Seattle With Novo Nordisk 3Webcast Alert: Transgenomic Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2008 Earnings Release Conference Call Webcast 2NicOx Reports Results for the First Three Quarters of 2008 2NicOx Reports Results for the First Three Quarters of 2008 3NicOx Reports Results for the First Three Quarters of 2008 4NicOx Reports Results for the First Three Quarters of 2008 5NicOx Reports Results for the First Three Quarters of 2008 6NicOx Reports Results for the First Three Quarters of 2008 7NicOx Reports Results for the First Three Quarters of 2008 8NicOx Reports Results for the First Three Quarters of 2008 9NicOx Reports Results for the First Three Quarters of 2008 10
...
Anti-MMP-7, aminoterminal end active enzyme; rabbit host...
Mouse monoclonal [CLB-SW16 (formerly 708)] to CD42d (rating: ****) ( Abpromise for all tested applications). entrezGeneID: 2814 SwissProtID: P40197...
Mouse monoclonal [7C6] to Bcr-abl ( Abpromise for all tested applications). SwissProtID: P11274...
Biology Products: